The South Carolina Broadband Map shows the availability of broadband service to every home and business in the state. Based on broadband data provided, the map shows the locations of homes and businesses, the availability of broadband, and the providers offering service at each location. Broadband data is provided by the majority of broadband providers serving South Carolina. The map does not reveal which provider, if any, serves a particular location.
The map includes broadband provider data submitted to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) combined with availability data from the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Form 477 (June 2019) data.
The ORS has provided a more precise picture of availability than the approach taken by the FCC. The South Carolina Broadband Map uses broadband provider data that was provided to show each home or business that is actually “served” or “unserved” in the state. The FCC Form 477 broadband mapping model defines entire census blocks as “served” or “unserved.” If broadband service is available to at least one location (home or business) in a census block, the entire block appears as “served.” The ORS has adopted the FCC definition of “served,” meaning a location with a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speed for use in this edition of the South Carolina Broadband Map.
Contacting the ORS About Map Discrepancies
The ORS is continuing to make the South Carolina Broadband Map as accurate as possible. The ORS is encouraging consumers who see a discrepancy in the map-— as in, the map suggests they have broadband service, but they actually do not— to contact the ORS.
Under Act 142, the ORS was authorized to expend a portion of South Carolina’s Coronavirus Relief Fund included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or “CARES Act” on broadband initiatives related to COVID-19. Part of this funding was allocated for broadband mapping, and the ORS engaged CostQuest Associates, Inc. to help complete the South Carolina Broadband Map.